Chicago's Hottest Writers' Retreat Is Almost Here!
The 2nd Annual Sounds Like Joy Writers' Retreat & Workshop
August 24th thru 27th
We're Doing It AGAIN!
We are bringing the best writers' retreat back to Chicago in Summer 2023. Writers from across the nation will converge on the Windy City for a weekend of game-changing workshops, uninterrupted writing, luxe accommodations, and fun under the sun.
Set Your Writing Career in Motion!
Learn everything you need to know to start and boost your career as a Hollywood writer. Whether you're just starting your professional journey or you are an experienced scribe, this retreat and workshop is for you.
An Immersive Retreat Experience Designed for Writers Like You...
5 Comprehensive Topics To Put Your Writing Career On The Right Track
What You Get
The Sounds Like Joy Writers' Retreat & Workshop is designed to be an unforgettable and transformative experience. With immersive writing time, live discussions, fun excursions, networking sessions and luxury accommodations, you’ll leave this retreat aligned and ready to take charge of your writing career.
Insightful Lessons & Lectures
Learn from Sylvia and other industry professionals who have blazed their own trails to success.
Enjoy a fine dining experience as you relax, learn and write at our award-winning partner hotel.
Lakefront Dinner Cruise
Take in the picturesque Chicago lakefront from aboard a luxury vessel as you dine, dance and network the night away.
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Book Your Luxury Accommodations
Get ready to recharge and unleash your creativity at the award-winning Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, which is walking distance from Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier and the glorious Chicago Lake Front.
NOTE: Hotel accommodations are NOT included in the cost of the SLJ Retreat. Click or call +1 (312) 638-6686 The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago to secure your discounted rate while space is available. If calling, be sure to mention the Sounds Like Joy Writers' Retreat for discounted rates while available.
Reserve Your Seat at the Sounds Like Joy Retreat
Meet The Retreat Team
Meet the small but mighty team behind the Sounds Like Joy Writers' Retreat and Workshop. These powerhouse gurus are here to ensure you have an amazing experience from start to finish.
Rubye Lane is a Daytime Emmy Award Winning Television Producer with over a decade of experience producing a variety of content for various broadcast and syndicated platforms.
She has worked for Disney, NBC Universal, Fox, Telepictures and Sony Pictures. Her work has been featured on ABC, NBC, Fox and the former WB network.
In 2004, she earned her first Emmy for her work on the NBC Universal series Starting Over. Throughout her career, Rubye has produced segments featuring Elton John, Common, Lin Manuel Miranda, and Gloria & Emilio Estefan and segments for the NAACP Image Awards featuring then Senator Barack Obama.
In June 2022, her work on the documentary Rise and Rebuild: A Tale of Three Cities made its debut at a private screening New York during the week of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Stacia Crawford is an award-winning journalist and the Founder and Chief Strategist for Stay Ready Media. Her 30+ years of experience as a TV news producer has positioned her as a skilled communications specialist, media trainer, and publicity strategist. Stacia provides media coaching, speaker training and targeted media outreach. She helps entrepreneurs, authors, and industry leaders gain massive media exposure on TV, radio, magazines and podcasts.
As a media insider, Stacia understands what journalists want and what it takes to deliver. Stacia’s clients have been featured in countless broadcast, print and digital outlets across the country including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, WGN, Forbes, Inc., and Oprah Magazine, just to name a few.